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How long can a viral sore throat and cough last? Received steroid shot and have had for about 5 days. When to go back to doctor?

How long can a viral sore throat and cough last? Received steroid shot and have had for about 5 days. When to go back to doctor?

Depends: Now if you have mono sometimes this can last several weeks. Granted you have already been tested for strep you will not need antibiotics. I would see your doctor after the steroids for a recheck if still uncomfortable. Good luck

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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I had the flu 11 days ago. Better except for sore throat and cough. Cold air or talking makes it worse. How long will it last. No tonsils

I had the flu 11 days ago. Better except for sore throat and cough. Cold air or talking makes it worse. How long will it last. No tonsils

Flu symptoms: If you had a confirmed case of flu, then it can take 4-6 wks for the cough to completely clear up. The sore throat should clear up within a week. Gargle warm salt water and use cough drops. Go to your primary care doctor if symptoms worsen or persist.

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PAINFUL sore throat gets worse each day lasted for 5 days accompanied by cough, fever, congestion. What to do about this and how long will it last?

PAINFUL sore throat gets worse each day lasted for 5 days accompanied by cough, fever, congestion. What to do about this and how long will it last?

A cold?: Although the symptoms are compatible with a viral infection, the worsening sore throat is of concern. If it is just a common cold, the nasal symptoms and fever will likely subside by the 10th day but the cough may linger for a few more weeks. On the other hand, you will need to rule out a strep throat (although it is not expected to cause a cough) & thus a doctor's visit is recommended

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How long does a cough, sore throat, chills, and fever that is viral last?

How long does a cough, sore throat, chills, and fever that is viral last?

Virus illness: Greetings. The cough, throat pain, fever and chills typically last ~5days. If your symptoms last longer, see your doctor for an evaluation. Antibiotics may be needed.

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Have had a sore throat for three days, not too bad, but my cough drops say I should see a doctor if it lasts longer than two days. Is that true?

Have had a sore throat for three days, not too bad, but my cough drops say I should see a doctor if it lasts longer than two days. Is that true?

It's true.: If it says so on the label it must be true! As a doctor I can't say that makes much sense - most sore throats are viral and do last more than three days. If it is progressively worsening or is associated with serious side effects see your doc. Otherwise take the lozenges

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Been sick 6 days w/ sore throat, sinus pain, earache, &dry cough. Last 2 days only have dry cough + minor throat/ear sinus pain. How long will last?

Been sick 6 days w/ sore throat, sinus pain, earache, &dry cough. Last 2 days only have dry cough + minor throat/ear sinus pain. How long will last?

Sick: Generally ten days if viral, unless you get reinfected. If not better after 10-14 days, best to see internist.

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Sore throat 8 days but improving, cough 4 days & stopped, lightheaded & fatigue last 6 days not improving despite long sleep last few days, no fever?

Sore throat 8 days but improving, cough 4 days & stopped, lightheaded & fatigue last 6 days not improving despite long sleep last few days, no fever?

Viral illness: There may be many answers to your question. This could've been a viral illness, it could be related to a possible throat infection like that of strep or it may be another part of a medical syndrome. You need to see your physician and get it evaluation including laboratory studies

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My daughter keeps coughing since last mon. Now she can't sleep due to her sore throat and cough. No fever. Don't know what to do I tried everything.

My daughter keeps coughing since last mon. Now she can't sleep due to her sore throat and cough. No fever. Don't know what to do I tried everything.

Sore throat + cough: Most commonly, Sore throat and cough could be signs of either - 1. Infection - viral or bacterial 2. Allergy 3. Acid reflux. Patient with above symptoms should see a medical professional for evaluation and treatment of the above.

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I work almost everyday, I get 5-6 hours of sleep. I'm taking a lot of naps. Was bloated for 3 weeks. Sore throat and cough. Got last two periods. Prego?

I work almost everyday, I get 5-6 hours of sleep. I'm taking a lot of naps. Was bloated for 3 weeks. Sore throat and cough. Got last two periods. Prego?

URI: You may be having upper respiratory tract infection. It could start with a viral infection during cold season with flu-like symptoms as you are experiencing. Keep yourself warm and hydrated by drinking warm milk, soups and fluids cotaining vitamin c, such as oj. At bed time, gargle with luke-warm salt water to disinfect ; soothen your throat. If your cough is dry, you may use otc cough syrups.

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What can I do about a sore throat and dry, painful cough that has lasted for over a week?

What can I do about a sore throat and dry, painful cough that has lasted for over a week?

NAGGY COUGH: Tis the season for nagging cough symptoms. It is likely viral or environmental. You can try over-the-counter antihistamines and/or decongestant medications. You may also try OTC cough medications, but all of these should be discussed with a clinician first if you have any medical history for which you were taking other medicines. If symptoms persist or worsen see your doctor promptly.

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I have been sick for the last day and a half with a sore throat cough can you tell me what that could be?

I have been sick for the last day and a half with a sore throat cough can you tell me what that could be?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease throat pain.

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I've gotten a sore throat/cough that lasts 3-4 days 4 times in the last 5 months. It's pretty bad, but it doesn't seem like a cold. What could it be?

Post nasal drip: A post nasal drip coming from your sinuses or nose can give the symptoms of a sore throat and cough. Your symptoms could be caused by allergies, a deviated septum or blockage in your nose or sinuses. See an allergist or ENT specialist for evaluation and treatment.

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I work in a call centre and I have been getting a sore throat for the last few weeks I have been taken cough med but now im getting sick?

I work in a call centre and I have been getting a sore throat for the last few weeks I have been taken cough med but now im getting sick?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease throat pain.

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Came down with bronchitis two weeks ago, last week I was fine for about 4 days and now I have sore throat and a cough. Should I be worried?

Came down with bronchitis two weeks ago, last week I was fine for about 4 days and now I have sore throat and a cough. Should I be worried?

No worrying: You may have recurrent bronchitis or a different viral upper respiratory infection. People are more prone to infectious illness while recently recovered or recovering from another. Get enough rest 7-8 hours at night, eat healthy with 3-4 servings of vegetables and 2-3 of fruit a day, fresh is best. Exercise daily if not ill. Chicken soup really does help, studies show. Gargle warm salt water.

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The last 3 nights I wake up with bad cough and sore throat I have no fever and some cough during the day worse at night?

The last 3 nights I wake up with bad cough and sore throat I have no fever and some cough during the day worse at night?

Viral URI: Most likely you have a viral upper respiratory infection. These tend to last 7-10 days before your immune system has cleared it. If you have sinus pressure or pain in your forehead or around your face you may have a sinus infection also. Saltwater gargles and zinc lozenges may help your throat. If symptoms worsen or last longer than 10 days see your Dr.

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I have had a sore throat for the last 4 days. Now I have an annoying dry cough which makes me gag. How can I get rid of it?

I have had a sore throat for the last 4 days. Now I have an annoying dry cough which makes me gag. How can I get rid of it?

Need to see your: Doctor, you may need an antibiotic and/or other Rx medications, meanwhile use salt water gargles, saline nasal washes and pain killers, good luck

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Last week had sore throat, fever (100), cough, this week sore throat goes away then comes back in middle of the day and at night? (cant swallow)

Possible acid reflux: May causes of sore throat & cough that come and go. Can be associated with difficulty swallowing. You don't have to have heart burn. Other symptoms include a hoarse or scratchy voice, bad breath, burping. Diet might contain acidy food, too. You could also have an infectious problem/lingering virus or untreated strep infection. Would see a doctor if persists for more in depth evaluation.

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